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Monday, December 19, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The guests at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning joined with Italian troubadour Danny Farole and Santa Claus and Nesquehoning Junior Recreation Committee helpers in singing Christmas songs. A few of the guests ended up dancing with Santa to everyone's delight. Guests seated are Sophia Povalac and Delfine Van Horn who are joining in traditional Christmas carols.

The guests at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning joined with Italian troubadour Danny Farole and Santa Claus and Nesquehoning Junior Recreation Committee helpers in singing Christmas songs. A few of the guests ended up dancing with Santa to everyone's delight. Guests seated are Sophia Povalac and Delfine Van Horn who are joining in traditional Christmas tunes.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that Walsh Construction will be establishing bi-directional and intermittent single-lane patterns on Route 248 through Thursday, Dec. 22, between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the protection of workers and traffic during overhead bridge work on the Lehigh River Bridge.

Daytime lane closures in both directions will be in effect on Rt. 248 while the contractor continues installing shielding underneath the old Lehigh River Bridge in preparation of future demolition activities.

Monday, December 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of both the Tamaqua LEO Club and Lions Club spent time recently singing to hospitalresidents of the St. Luke'sMiners Memorial Hospitalin Coaldale.

Monday, December 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Chilly weather didn't prevent Tamaqua Salvation Army volunteers Frank Latham, left, and Jesse Durning from getting up at 4 a.m. Saturday to transporting hundreds of hams from the Tamaqua Salvation Army to the Salem Bible Fellowship Church prior to the first of two Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Toys For Tots and Salvation Army local food distributions. The next distribution will be this Thursday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Monday, December 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

In addition to new toys, employees of Sundance Vacations in South Tamaqua donated $552 towards the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots campaign, which holds two local distributions. Some employees pictured from left are Monica Startzel, manager Bonnie Whah, Paula Schuetrum, Jonathan Ellex, Jessica Tonkin, Isabel Houser and Martha Houser. All shifts donated to the drive. Sundance Vacations is a yearly supporter of Toys For Tots.

Monday, December 19, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO From left: Deborah Bamford, Trinity Church Council member, presenting $1,000 check to Betty Pearson, Lansford Food Pantry representative; the Rev. Roy H. Koehler, Designated Pastor for Trinity Lutheran Church; Martha Tirpak, Trinity Church Council member presenting $500 check to Rita Trucios, Feed the People representative.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lansford recently made donations to two local non-profit organizations, the Lansford Food Pantry of Carbon County Shepherd House. and Feed the People.

The Lansford Pantry had to relocate their distribution center this year, and is now housed at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 East Abbott Street. The pantry distributes food to the needy in Lansford once a month on the third Monday of every month. The church donated $1,000 to the pantry to help purchase turkeys for distribution during the holidays.

Monday, December 19, 2011

HARRISBURG Attorney General Linda Kelly today cautioned schools and school districts of scam artists, who promise schools that they can have celebrities or sports stars present assemblies on popular topics such as cyberbullying. Kelly said these scam artists accept payment for the assemblies and then cancel at the last minute and fail to provide refunds.

It is especially important that our schools, which may already be experiencing budgetary constraints, be cognizant of who they entrust their money and with whom they do business,? Kelly said.

Monday, December 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Professor George McHale, Hometown, who turned 60 today, received a retirement trophy and appreciation letter from Penn State officials for serving over 28 years as a mathematics professor at the Penn State-Hazleton Campus. From left are McHale's daughter Rebecca Ndikwiki holding her daughter Skorastica, 3, George McHale, wife Patsy, who will turn 60 on Dec. 31, and his son Brian McHale. In total, George served 39 years as a teacher, to include his time teaching at the Tamaqua Area High School and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A free Christmas dinner will be served from 3-6 p.m. on Dec. 25 at Emmanuel UCC, 509 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown.

All are welcome. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, call (610) 852-2707, or email eucc4all@ptd.net.